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A North American First – designed with the environment first in mind!

“Talon Grip” cedar strips are available in 3/16″  &  1/4″ thickness to build any design from Laughing Loon Kayaks, Guillemot Kayaks, Green Valley Boat Works/Red Wing Designs , Bear Mountain Boats, as well as Redfish Kayaks. 


   Apr. 8/2017

It has never been easier to build your wonder craft with shorter high quality components. At TotemStrips we continually strive to improve our product line so that you will be able to stand back and admire your efforts with pride in knowing you chose the right supplier.

Simply “Prestufit” as you strip. It really is that simple. After choosing your strips press two together ( the length required for your craft) on a flat surface and glue a second one in place directly above in the cove to act as a stiffener holding every thing together. Push the strips together gently to seat every thing in place Don’t forget to apply a small amount of glue to the Talons with an acid brush or dip one end in glue. Keep a damp cloth on hand to wipe off excess glue and allow to cure for about an hour before applying to the hull.  Apply the built up pieces at the sheer line on the forms to start your first row. Simply apply strips sliding and locking them into place as if you were laying bricks remembering to colour match and stagger your joins. You can even trim off any overhanging piece and use it to start your next row which will reduce your wastage considerably. You cannot get any greener than that. The result is a very elegant clean tight join without nails or staples. These components do not have to be clamped as the talons are the clamps when pushed together which really speeds up construction. We think that’s awesome, a world first in green cedar strip construction.

Stretch your wood as well as your wallet with “TalonGrip” cedar strips.

“Nice things come in small packages”, as the saying goes. Imagine, high quality components, building any length boat you want out of an 8′-6″ box. There are savings to be had with “Talon Grip” strips. Consistent colour, Vertical grain, without run out.

“TALON GRIP”  Courier strips – 6′ to 8′-6″  – shipped by UPS

                            The lion’s share are 7′6″, and 8′ in length.

  3/16″ x 5/8″ 3/16″ x 3/4″  
W.Red Cedar b&c .50/lft .50/lft  
Yellow Cedar b&c .50/lft .50/lft  


  1/4″x  5/8″ 1/4″ x 3/4″  
W.Red Cedar b&c .50/lft .50/lft  
Yellow Cedar b&c .50/lft .50/lft


For our US customer, just think, no more bond or brokerage fees.

No more extra length charges on ground freight shipments.

Economically shipped direct to your door world wide via UPS.

Worry free shipping fully insured.

High quality materials only used in our exclusive in house manufacturing process.

A whopping 96% of our old growth forests on Vancouver Island are gone forever!!   No matter where we are in BC we witness the savage destruction of our forests and are reminded of it daily as barge after countless barge of logs are towed past on the way to the sorting grounds. Very little of this wood is available to British Columbian’s and Canadians. It is mostly pre sold being shipped out of the country and it seems that there is very little left for us to value add and create meaningful lasting employment. 

It is not a pretty picture as all reforesting has until just recently been only reforested with mono-cultures of one species for maximised profit when  re-harvesting and very little cedar has been replanted. This leaves the mountains fallow and brittle with the third generation being worthless to harvest, ready to ignite into flames earlier every spring due to the effects of “Global Warming”

With  Heli -logging now the norm, not one mountain top has been left unscathed. With so much of the environment pillaged, most wildlife loses ground as it is displaced into ever smaller remaining pockets of forests still left.

So for this reason we are compelled to act and encourage people to work with all lengths of cedar when building their water craft. 

This has been our motivating factor for creating “Talon Grip” strips.

No Butts about it! Simply superior in every way.

Colour matching is a breeze since we have provided colour matched bundles. No more staple holes on the strips where they are butted together on the moulds, but a clean tight seamless hardly perceivable vertical line. These joins do not need to line up on station moulds. For those of you used to scarfing strips together: honestly why bother when we have done the work for you!  No wastage whatsoever since you can simply cut off any extending piece and simply use it to start your next row! You just can’t get any greener than this.

 The lion’s share are 7′6″, and 8′ in length.


All ends are carefully wrapped before packaging in the  “Totem Box” .

Accurate and precise machining assures seamless, almost invisible joins.